Janet Bogardus is a painter and a book- and mixed-media artist. She has exhibited her work since 1989 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, and New York. Born in Canada, she has lived in many different countries, including Czechoslovakia, Algeria, Germany, Viet Nam and France; since 1969 she has lived in or near San Francisco.
At Rutgers University, she completed a a PhD in English Literature in 1974, and an MFA at San Francisco State University in 1990, with a concentration on printmaking and artist books. While in the MFA program she was awarded a Stilwell Fellowship for creative achievement. She received an AnneFlanagan/Kala Institute Fellowship in 1991, and in 1993 was nominated for the San Francisco Art Institute Adeline Kent Award.
She has taught classes in painting, drawing, mixed media, color theory, expository and creative writing, introductory literature, and modern art history through Columbia College and Chapman University, as well as art for seniors at various San Francisco community centers through California Arts Council grants.
Her work has been shown at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, the Benicia Center for the Arts, the O’Hanlon Gallery in Mill Valley, the Kala Arts Institute in Berkeley, the Marin Foundation in Novato, the Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, the Pro Arts Gallery in Berkeley, the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, the Alternative Museum in New York City, and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.
Her paintings, artists’ books and commissioned works are included in a large number of private collections in the Bay Area, Mexico, and the East Coast.
Her work is influenced by environmental art, the Arte Povera movement, and the paintings of J.M.W. Turner, Philip Guston, and Anselm Kiefer.
Her work can be viewed by appointment at her studio in Novato, or at: www.janetbogardus.net